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Event | Towards net-zero: Sound policies need better science

The Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) and the European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils Network (EEAC Network) are organising a webinar to discuss the need for science-based policymaking in the EU.

Monday 20 September
09:30-11:15 CET
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This summer, the European Commission launched a series of policy initiatives to contribute to the achievement of a net emission reduction of 55% by 2030 and climate neutrality by 2050.

This pathway towards climate neutrality will include a transition that is as necessary as it is complex. Therefore, this transition requires informed decision-making, supported by the best available scientific knowledge. 

It is in this context that the EEAC Network and IEEP will organize a webinar during which several experts will:

  1. reflect on the role of (scientific) advice in policymaking,
  2. discuss how the role of science can be optimally organised and utilised in the context of European climate policymaking, with special attention paid to the role of the future European Climate Change Advisory Board, and
  3. answer to questions from the audience. 


  • 09.30 – Opening by Céline Charveriat, Executive Director of IEEP, and Arnau Queralt, Chairman of the EEAC NetworkWelcome and introduction Faustine Bas-Defossez (IEEP)
  • 09.40– Session 1 | Fit for 55: What has been proposed and what is the role of scientific advice in recent European climate policy initiatives?
    • Jytte Guteland, Member of the European Parliament, S&D
    • Christina Moberg, President, EASAC
    • Elisa Giannelli, Policy Advisor, E3G
  • 10.10 – Questions and answers
  • 10.25– Session 2 | How can scientific advice further support the road to 55 and net-zero: The case of advisory bodies, modelling studies and Farm to Fork
    • François Dejean, Head of Group, Mitigation, Energy and Transport, EEA
    • Peter Møllgaard, Chairman of the Danish Council on Climate Change
    • Pierre-Marie Aubert, European Agriculture Initiative, IDDRI
  • 10.55 – Questions and answers
  • 11.10 – Concluding remarks


If you have any questions about the event, please contact Eloïse Bodin ( or Michiel de Vries-Herschberg (

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